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People's Armada: fund a rescue boat

Perhaps the people will react faster than the state: the People's Armada is crowdfunding a new vessel to undertake search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Please give generously.

People's Armada
8 September 2015

Over 2,500 refugees have died crossing the Mediterranean this year. Our leaders have been too slow to act – it's time for us to step up. We can raise this money and much more and dispatch a #PeoplesArmada to help before it's too late. It's time to take matters into our own hands

 Our initial target is $3,000,000 which is enough to buy and refit one rescue boat for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) which is a specialist rescue organisation operating in the Mediterranean in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MOAS has rescued 11,000 people in the last year alone. Contribute here.

Why 10 days?

European leaders are meeting on September 14 for an emergency meeting on how to respond. We can't wait this long. In the 10 days it takes our leaders to book their flights to Brussels, let's crowdfund for an entire search and rescue mission.

What else can you do?

Once you've given your contribution, make it your mission to get 10 friends to give too! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and wear this Twibbon on your profile with pride.

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The sailors and Royal Marines of HMS Bulwark help migrants ashore. PO/Carl Osmond. Some rights reserved.

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